CCD PreK-8th Grade Faith Formation

We are ready to help you educate and pass on the Catholic faith to your children.

The upcoming CCD year will be in-person. Our classes run from August 22, 2021 through May 1, 2022 with the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. “We use “Alive in Christ” by Our Sunday Visitor for our faith curriculum. For those preparing for First Communion, our curriculum consists of two programs. One is “Alive in Christ” by Our Sunday Visitor and the other is “Blessed” by Dynamic Catholic. For those entering 7th and 8th grade, our curriculum consists of “Alive in Christ and “Call to Celebrate”. We use an active learning approach which uses the five senses to enhance the children’s experience with God. Along with the parents, we accompany the children in deepening their relationship with God. The approach consists of the following elements:

Gathering (10 -15 minute)

  • Theme of the Day
  • Saint of the Day
  • Virtue of the Day
  • Prayer of the Day

Faith Lesson (20-30 minutes)

  • Review of the key points and how they help us experience God
  • Smartboard (Children interact with the board)
  • Short videos accompany the lesson

Faith Activity (20 minutes) – Enhances reinforces the theme and lesson.

  • Faith Game
  • Music
  • Art & Craft
  • Bible Story Skit
  • Tour of the Cathedral / Chapel
  • And more.

Closing (10-15 minutes)

  • Engage the children in God Sightings.
  • Closing prayer

Every 4 to 6 weeks, the CCD class is designed for the entire family. All family members are invited and as God’s people we celebrate our relationship with Him. For example, we may be learning the Ten Commandments. But one of the highlights to reinforce the theme, Ten Commandments, is that each family engages in “Ten Commandments Bowling.” This is part of the active learning I mentioned above. The program teaches the sacraments, precepts of the Church, the Catechism, prayer, the Mass and more. But most importantly, we accompany the children with their parents so they may experience a deep, fruitful, and loving relationship with God. It is about the faith journey, helping them become faithful disciples and strengthening their relationship with God.

In Christ,

Greg Laroux

Director of Religious Education

CCD Mission

Our mission is to assist you to form young disciples who know and love Jesus Christ, living as disciples in the community of the Catholic Church. We encourage you to walk closely with your children as they grow in knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith. Our Catholic faith has a rich history with many rituals and celebrations that need to be experienced regularly within our parish community. Attending Mass and participating in the sacraments and religious education programs deepens your child’s experience and relationship with Christ.

We are excited about this coming year. Your child’s relationship with God will be strengthened through active learning and the application of the five senses. Bible stories and Saints will come alive through storytelling and role playing. Faith games, such as Ten Commandments Bowling, The Beatitudes Game, Catholic Jeopardy, Fruits of the Spirit Bingo, Name that Saint and Works of Mercy Trivia, and more will reinforce their learning. The children will take several faith-filled journeys to our St. Michael’s Chapel and Cathedral. They will learn about the beauty of the Mass and God’s gifts of the sacraments. But, most importantly, the faith lessons taught by their Catechist will nourish their relationship with God.

View the CCD Calendar

Mass

As always, I highly encourage you to go to Mass with your families. The Eucharist is the source and summit of your Christian life. Participating in Mass each week is important to your spiritual growth and nourishment. Masses are currently held Monday through Friday at 12:10 pm, 4:00pm on Saturday, and 8:00am, 11:00am, and 5:30pm on Sunday. However, we are still closely following social distancing guidelines, and have a 168 persons limit per Mass, along with a requirement to wear a mask.That having been said, it is completely understandable if you don’t feel safe yet to take part in Mass publicly, so we also provide streamed Masses. If you choose to attend Mass at home with your family, the links are below.

Cathedral Webcam

Facebook Live

YouTube Channel

Safe Environment

Catechists (Teachers) For information on Protecting God’s Children Program, call the Church Office.

Sacramental Preparations

“The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, no.1113.

The Sacraments are an important part of our everyday life as Catholics. Jesus loves us and is always ready to pour into our hearts the strength to be His disciples and His witnesses to His Good News. There is nothing more important for us to do than to prepare ourselves and our children for the moment at which God gives us His grace, a share in His Divine life!

Reconciliation/First Communion

Traditionally, Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated for the first time in the second grade. Sacramental preparation will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am-10:45 am during our catechetical sessions.

Parents are the primary catechists for their children. It is important that your child see that religious education is important to you. Growing in faith is a life-long process and not just something that we do when we are young. Our goal is to not only provide religious education to children, but also to support parents in their own faith formation as well.

Checklist for First Reconciliation and First Communion

Parents must:

  • Bring child’s baptismal certificate to the Church office
  • Attend Parent Orientation Meeting
  • Attend the First Communion Retreat
  • Help prepare their child for First Reconciliation and Communion by using the sacramental family guides
  • Attend weekly Mass with their child

Children must:

  • Be baptized Catholic or received into the Catholic Church
  • Be faithful in attending and participating in the Religious Education program
  • Attend the First Communion Retreat
  • Attend weekly Mass

Checklist for Confirmation

Parents must:

  • Bring child’s baptismal certificate to the Church office
  • Attend Parent Orientation Meeting
  • Help prepare their child for Confirmation
  • Complete necessary paperwork
  • Attend Weekly Mass

Children must:

  • Be baptized Catholic or received into the Catholic Church
  • Attend and participate in a two year Confirmation preparation program
  • Be faithful in attending and participating in the Religious Education program
  • Attend the Confirmation Retreat
  • Select a Saint Name
  • Select Confirmation Sponsor
  • Attend Weekly Mass

Prospective Catechists!!! Interested in assisting us in passing on the faith to the next generation?

Call the Church Office for more details.

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